MCU Fans Explain Why ‘Iron Man 3’ Is the Weakest of the Trilogy

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Iron Man 3 simply can’t catch a break. Just when it looks like there’s a motion afoot to redeem the much-maligned nearer of the Iron Man trilogy within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are nonetheless some sections of fandom that may’t get behind it. 

In different phrases, Iron Man 3 has develop into in all probability essentially the most polarizing film of the MCU. Either it’s an underrated journey that fascinatingly explores PTSD, or it’s against the law towards the Mandarin. 

Why did ‘Iron Man 3’ upset individuals?

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It’s exhausting to argue towards Iron Man 3‘s monetary success, based on The Numbers. It made greater than $400 million right here, greater than even the primary film, which most agree kicked off the MCU in grand type. Critics had been variety too, resulting in a 79 p.c rating on Rotten Tomatoes the place the consensus learn, “”With the assistance of its charismatic lead, some spectacular motion sequences, and even a number of surprises, Iron Man 3 is a witty, entertaining journey and a robust addition to the Marvel canon.”

When the film got here out in 2013, it was one thing of a brand new coat of paint on Tony Stark. Whereas Jon Favreau had directed the primary two Iron Man films, Shane Black took the helm on the third. He had directed Robert Downey Jr. within the 2005 movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which some individuals noticed as a major stepping stone to Iron Man and the resuscitation of Downey’s previously troubled profession. 

Most of the fuss across the third film revolved round its ostensible villain, the Mandarin. Among comedian followers, the Mandarin is an enormous favourite, and Ben Kingsley seemed to be having enjoyable chewing surroundings.

Some followers had been aghast, then, when it turned out Kingsley was taking part in an actor pretending to be the Mandarin, whereas the actual villain was performed by Guy Pearce.

Some followers simply can’t get into the third Iron Man

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Some followers on one Reddit discussion board had been variety to the film, with one saying, “This film re-grounded the MCU after there was an enormous alien battle for the destiny of the world (within the first Avengers). I didn’t develop up studying comics, so I wasn’t as invested in bringing the Mandarin to the MCU. I get why individuals had been dissatisfied to search out out he was simply Trevor, however I assumed it was a very enjoyable twist!”

However, regardless of some outward appearances, followers don’t assume with a hive thoughts. On one other Reddit discussion board, one fan stated, “Probably my least favorite MCU film of the bunch. The Mandarin twist was especially terrible. Ben Kingsley as the mandarin was great. Swapping him for Guy Pearce in the way they did really weirded me out when I saw it back then.”

Another fan identified that this film made it appear to be this might be the final we might see of Iron Man. That clearly turned out to not be the case, and he acquired the important thing redemption in Avengers: Endgame by sacrificing himself. But in hindsight, the ending of Iron Man 3 may be learn as a goodbye that didn’t stick. 

Isn’t ‘Iron Man 2″ the weakest hyperlink?

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Fans usually love the primary Iron Man, whereas their opinion on the third Iron Man is split. However, even when one doesn’t like Iron Man 3, it’s attainable to learn it as an attention-grabbing misfire. The film took probabilities. Not each fan agreed that these probabilities paid off, however that’s greater than may be stated for Iron Man 2, which is the least commercially and critically profitable of the iron man trilogy. 

Many sequels to Marvel films enhance upon their predecessors. Iron Man 2 didn’t, with its ultimate gross approaching however not fairly assembly the $312 million gross of the primary film. Some individuals someplace find it irresistible, however in lots of different minds, the chief advantage of Iron Man 2 isn’t Downey however Scarlett Johansson, who made her first look as Black Widow there.

Some might argue that’s extra entertaining than a botched Mandarin, however Kevin Feige has promised the actual Mandarin will present up in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, due out in May of subsequent yr.

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